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Ideas for DIY Outdoor Fall Flower Planters

Fall in the gardens and outdoors can be an amazing breath of fresh air… literally! The cooler temperatures, the vibrant hues and bright colors of the changing landscape, pumpkins, gourds, apples and the many flowers that are available for us to add to our outdoor spaces, are simply amazing. We’ve talked about reviving our summer planters for fall, the best fall perennials and lots of other fall gardening articles (which I will share at the bottom of this post), today we’re sharing the best flowers and plants for fall containers. As an additional bonus, we’re also sharing lots of pictures of all kinds of fall flower pots, along with the recipes to replicate them.

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Although the end of summer flower gardens and containers are looking tired, you can refresh your outdoor landscape and add curb appeal with beautiful fall flower containers.

The Best Flowers and Plants for Outdoor Fall Flower Planters

Depending what area of the country you live in and what gardening zone you’re in, as you experiment year-after-year, you will find more annual and perennial flowers and plants to add to this list. For instance, in my Zone 4b gardens, there are many annual plants that will survive a frost or two. For those of you that are in warmer areas, some of these plants may survive all winter.

  • Mums
  • Asters
  • Strawflowers
  • Ornamental kale or cabbage
  • Swiss chard
  • Creeping Jenny
  • Rudbeckia
  • Croton
  • Dianthus
  • Pansies
  • Violas
  • Creeping jenny
  • Ivy
  • Grasses – sedge, purple fountaingrass
  • Ornamental peppers
  • Millet
  • Snapdragons
  • Alyssum
  • Celosia
  • Zinnias
  • Dusty miller
  • Coleus
  • Calibrachoa
  • Succulents
  • Oxalis (a/k/a shamrock plant)
  • Marigolds
  • Sweet potato vine
  • Herbs

Other Items to Add to Your Fall Planters:

Add some rustic character and whimsy to your Fall flower containers with:

Be creative and use berries, plant foliage, pretty leaves, red dogwood branches, twigs or anything you can come up with from your own backyard.

Your fall flower containers can be simple and homey, or elaborate. The best part is you can go with your style and the style that compliments your home and create a flower pot to adorn your front porch or entry. Or really any place that is visible and can be enjoyed by you, your family and other visitors to your home. I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase: “thriller, spiller and filler” when it comes to creating the best container gardens, but we are just going to throw those rules out. There are no rules when creating your fall flower container!

Since I live and garden in Zone 4 and our Fall season is very short, I don’t like to spend lots of money creating new flower pots, so I revive my summer flower pots and reuse what I can from those. You can read all about how I do that in Tips on Transitioning Container Gardens to Fall.

Ideas for DIY Fall Flower Planters

Get ready, because your creative juices are going to be kicking into overdrive. Don’t have creative juices, that’s okay, we include the recipes for most of these planters.

Just a disclaimer here: although most of these fall planters and containers are my own creations, in a few cases, I’ve used stock photos to demonstrate a classic design that I like. In other cases, we’ve included pictures that were sent in by Gingham Gardens’ readers.

If you’ve followed Gingham Gardens for any length of time, you will know that I love using upcycled vintage items in my gardens. You will see lots of those items here today as well. First, my favorite old wheelbarrow. The pops of color from the flowers and pumpkins really brighten up this corner of the yard. This fall planter includes: Asters (purple), 3 chrysanthemums, creeping jenny and coleus (that were left from the summer arrangement) and pumpkins.

Image of a wheelbarrow with pumpkins and flowers.

A wagon makes the perfect planter for your outdoor Fall arrangements.Image of a wagon with fall flowers and pumpkins

My favorite old whiskey barrel planter makes a very festive fall flower planter with purple fountain grass, rudbeckia, mums and a pumpkin. The adorable fall sign is available on Etsy. As a side note, this shop has some really cute garden signs.

Image of a fall planter with flowers

This replica of an old wood cart made from barn wood was a flea market find this year and makes the perfect centerpiece to spruce up our fall garden by our front porch.

Image of a cart with fall flowers and pumpkins

Don’t have just the right pot or planter for your fall flowers? A hollowed out pumpkin makes the perfect fall flower planter!

Image of a pumpkin planter with a mum

What about creating a trio of Fall Flower Planters. I love these old bushel baskets serving as planters for fall mums and adding pumpkins in one creates some added character.

Image of fall flowers and pumpkins

Use an old chair to create the perfect spot for a flower pot. This one includes a mum, pansy, creeping Jenny, calibrachoa and some small pumpkins tucked in.

Image of vintage chair with fall flowers and pumpkin

Vintage, galvanized wash tubs make the best planters. I picked this one up at a flea market several years ago and it’s found a place in my gardens every year.  Leftovers from the summer planter include purple fountain grass and creeping Jenny. The past-their-prime summer plants were replaced with a mum and a couple of ornamental kale. To add some personality, I added a scarecrow stake and some pumpkins. Btw, the gorgeous purple plant in the background is a perennial aster.

Image of a fall planter in a garden

Let’s move away from rustic, country fall planters to this beautiful classy planter of chrysanthemums.

Image of fall planter with mums

The picture above and the one below are a few of my South Carolina sister’s outdoor fall decorations. She has a beautiful collection of Talavera Pottery. Notice how she adds containers of fresh herbs to her outdoor fall vignettes.

Image of Talavera pottery and fall plants

Below is a simple, yet elegant front porch fall flower pot that adorns my Colorado sister’s home. It includes: purple fountain grass, a coneflower, chrysanthemum, calibrachoa and creeping Jenny.

Image of a fall flower planter

A Gingham Gardens’ reader, Laura, is sharing her fall front porch planter. It includes; a fern, purple fountain grass, ornamental cabbage, succulents, creeping Jenny and is finished off with pumpkins and a gourd. I love the variety in Laura’s planter.

Image of a fall front porch planter

My friend Julie shared this picture of a little vignette she put together outside her front door. I love the big pop of mixed color mums. It just says, “welcome fall.” The wood crates turned upside down add a nice touch of creativity.Image of fall flowers

Wicker baskets made awesome planters. They don’t last for more than a few seasons, but you can get them cheap at thrift stores or garage sales. The fall flower planter below includes mums, pansies and leftover ivy from a summer flower pot.

Image of flowers in a wicker basket

If you’re in a time crunch, a simple pot of beautiful mums will add a welcoming fall touch to your front porch or patio. You can never go wrong with fall mums. Before you purchase your fall mums, be sure to read: Tips for Keeping Potted Mums Looking Great.

Image of potted mums

Here are some additional Fall Gardening Posts on Gingham Gardens:

Fall Porch Decor
The Best Fall Perennial Flowers
Fall Flower Garden Inspiration (Plus Decor Ideas)

If you’re looking for some more upscale fall planter ideas, check out: Better Homes & Gardens 31 Fall Container Garden Ideas.

So glad you stopped by Gingham Gardens today. Feel free to hang out in the gardens for awhile. If you like what you see, we love to have you join us.

I hope you’ve enjoyed these Ideas for DIY Outdoor Fall Flower Planters, and are inspired to create your own. Feel free to pin some of these pictures to your favorite fall decor or container gardening boards on Pinterest, or share the post to your favorite gardening group on Facebook. There are some pin collages at the bottom of the page too.

Happy fall gardening,

p.s. You can find Gingham Gardens on Pinterest and on Facebook too.

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  1. Hi Joanna, how do I reset my password?

    I also still have bulbs to plant. The weather is still ok but very wet. Today is sunny but will rain in the afternoon. Preparing my bed for garlic and will plant tomorrow – another sunny day. I live in the Hamilton area, Ontario, Canada. We are expecting our first frost tonight so I have to get busy and pull my geraniums.

    Thanks for the info on overwintering geraniums. I will use both methods.


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